Articles by: Hungarian Free Press

Miklós Pereházy

Los Angeles Hungarian House: Rejecting antisemitism is a priority

Since 2003, I have served as president of the United Hungarian House in Los Angeles, an organization which is not only not antisemitic, but is ultimately a non-political and secular institution. Growing up as a child, we didn’t ask our classmates about one another’s religion (especially considering that few people practiced religious faith at that time), but rather we asked […]

by · September 20, 2014 · Diaspora
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Navracsics EU appointment is a slap in the face for Orbán regime

Tibor Navracsics received the lowest ranking position in Jean-Claude Juncker’s new European Commission, having been appointed commissioner for education, culture, youth and citizenship. Mr. Navracsics has served as Prime Minister Viktor Orbán’s foreign affairs minister, but it is widely believed that this position will now be passed on to Péter Szijjártó, one of Fidesz’s most vocal supporters of the new […]

by · September 10, 2014 · Politics
Demonstration on Monday evening, in front of Ökotárs' offices. Nearly 1,000 supporters of the NGO came out in solidarity following the raids. Photo: vs.hu.

Regime officials, supporters coordinate messaging on troubling police raids

There seems to be broad agreement among supporters and officials of the Orbán regime on how to communicate Monday’s politically-motivated police raids against a handful of NGOs, including Ökotárs. These non-profits are perceived to have a liberal or left-leaning bias and are thus targets of Hungary’s right-wing authoritarian government . On Monday evening, Gergely Huth, the assistant publisher of the pro-Fidesz Pesti Srácok blog, […]

by · September 9, 2014 · Politics
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Europe cannot remain silent after police raids against NGOs, says Civil Liberties Union

The Hungarian Civil Liberties Union (HCLU) condemned Monday’s police raids against Hungarian NGOs as politically motivated actions that elevate the illiberal Orban government’s attack against civil society to a new, unprecedented level. On September 8, 2014, dozens of police officers from the National Bureau of Investigation (NNI) raided the offices of Ökotárs and Demnet, two NGOs responsible for the distribution of Norwegian NGO […]

by · September 8, 2014 · Politics
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Orbán regime launches all-out attack against NGOs linked to Norwegian Fund

A dozen police officers were sent out to search the offices of Budapest’s Ökotárs Alapítvány Monday morning and then at noon, investigators arrived at the offices of another NGO called the Foundation for the Development of Democratic Rights. The police arrived unannounced to both locations and prohibited employees to make any phone calls using office telephones, as they ransacked both headquarters. […]

by · September 8, 2014 · Politics
Pro-Russian rebels in Donbass. Photo: Andrew Butko.

Ukraine needs Western military intervention

Ukraine has been invaded by Russia. Ukraine is being dismembered. What is happening is not an intervention or an incursion. The Kremlin’s black deeds are not a “stealth war,” nor is this any kind of Cold War. It’s bloodthirsty hot. Ukraine’s Crimea has been under Russian military occupation since March. Heavy weapons fired from inside the Russian Federation are killing […]

by · September 4, 2014 · East
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Gábor Halmai: Illiberal Democracy and Beyond in Hungary

Gábor Halmai teaches law at Eötvös Loránd University in Budapest and also serves as the director of the Hungarian Human Rights Information and Documentation Centre. Professor Halmai is currently based in Washington, D.C., where he is a fellow at the National Endowment for Democracy. * In his speech, delivered before an ethnic Hungarian audience at the 25th Bálványos Free Summer […]

by · September 3, 2014 · Focus
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Hungarian Foreign Affairs offers milquetoast words on Ukraine

Hungary’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs continued to issue milquetoast statements on the deepening crisis in Ukraine, following confirmation by NATO that Russian forces were operating in the Donetsk region of the country, and had helped pro-Russian rebels open up a second front in the southeast (along the coast of the Sea of Azov) against Ukrainian forces. “We are closely monitoring […]

by · August 29, 2014 · East
Vidar Helgesen. Photo: nrk.no.

Orbán builds “spiritual iron dome” over Hungary, according to Norwegian minister

Norway’s minister in charge of European affairs, Vidar Helgesen, is calling upon European leaders to take more decisive action against Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán’s growing authoritarianism, noting that the country’s leader was busily building “a spiritual iron dome” and was turning his back on the West. Mr. Helgesen published his thoughts in the form of a letter to the editor, […]

by · August 28, 2014 · Politics
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Christian Democrats deny teaming up with fascistic Jobbik party

Hungary’s Christian Democratic People’s Party (KDNP) has been exploring possible local alliances with the openly antisemitic and fascistic Jobbik party ahead of municipal elections. The liberal news magazine hvg.hu wrote this week that KDNP’s local association in the town of Szigetvár was cooperating with Jobbik to support an independent candidate acceptable to both parties, rather than backing the Fidesz candidate. Hvg.hu wrote that […]

by · August 27, 2014 · Politics